Pistol pose … the 17-year-old widow with her husband. Photo: AFP
MOSCOW: Russia has identified a 17-year-old widow of a Caucasus militant as one of the Moscow suicide bombers, reports said yesterday, as the country remained on high alert after the attacks.
Citing sources close to the investigation, the Kommersant daily named one of the two female suicide bombers who blew themselves up on the Moscow metro on Monday as Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova, 17, from Dagestan in the North Caucasus. The newspaper published a photograph of the baby-faced teenager in an Islamic headscarf with her late husband, Umalat Magomedov. Both were posing casually with pistols.
The Interfax news agency also reported that the teenager had been identified as a bomber.
The reports came as Russia remained tense after the Moscow bombings, the deadliest militant bombing in the capital for six years, and another double suicide strike on Wednesday that killed 12 in a town in Dagestan close to Chechnya.
On Thursday, during a surprise visit to Dagestan, President Dmitry Medvedev urged tough anti-terrorist measures.
Kommersant said Abdurakhmanova’s husband was a Dagestani Islamist rebel who had been killed in a ”special operation” last year.
Russian investigators believe she was responsible for the first of the double suicide blasts on the metro on Monday which together killed 39 people, Kommersant reported. Yesterday 85 victims remained in hospital.
Investigators have not officially identified the second bomber, but one report said she was a Chechen woman named as Markha Ustarkhova, the widow of another Caucasus militant, Kommersant reported.